Royal Crown Derby cygnets to mark the birth of new royal
ROYAL Crown Derby has confirmed it is already designing pieces to mark the forthcoming birth of the Duchess of Cambridge's first child.
It was confirmed by St James's Palace on Monday that Prince William's wife, Kate, was expecting.
Royal Crown Derby, which makes fine-bone china, has now started work on items to celebrate the arrival of the royal couple's first child.
To mark the wedding of the Duke and Duchess last year, the Osmaston Road firm designed a pair of swans.
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Now a cygnet will be added to the collection. It is thought this will be available in blue or pink and bear the prince's or princess's name as a back stamp.
As a result, Royal Crown Derby says the designs will not go into production until after the birth.
A range of loving cups, trays and other items yet to be decided will also be available.
Simon Willis, the firm's sales and marketing director, said: "We are delighted to hear the news of the royal baby and plans are already under way to produce a commemorative collection that will be available to celebrate the birth."
Royal Crown Derby has a long tradition of designing and producing commemorative ware for Royal occasions since it was founded in 1761.
Last year, it made a range of items, including bear figurines, to mark the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The company also produced a new range this year to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The firm will now be hoping that the new addition to the royal family next year will provide another boost to sales, particularly from overseas collectors.
In recent years, the company has boosted its exports in markets such as the Far East and America.
The Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy was announced after she was admitted to hospital with acute morning sickness.
The Duchess, who is thought to be less than 12 weeks' pregnant, is expected to remain at King Edward VII Hospital, in central London, for several days.